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November 1, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Loomis House

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Brad and Marian Loomis have lived in their 726-square-foot beach cottage in Morro Bay, California, for over 30 years. In August 2015, they decided to add an additional 724 square feet to transform their tiny cottage into a comfortable and roomy 1,450-square-foot home. During the renovation, the couple realized they needed an efficient way to cool their house during the summer and gain more personalized comfort year-round. To achieve these goals, they selected our Zoned Comfort Solutions.

Since its installation, Marian and Brad have been pleased with the decision to install zoned technology. Brad said, “The actual installation of the system was relatively painless. We moved back in after the remodel and could turn it all on and immediately have cooling and heating. Other technologies are inefficient so it’s a no-brainer to go with these heat pumps.”

They’ve also been pleased with the immediate results: “They heat the rooms very fast, and we’re in central California so we use more heating than cooling. They are super-efficient and we love having air conditioning in the summer,” Brad continued.

To control the comfort of their home, the couple invested in the kumo cloud programmable controller app by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric). Brad said, “It’s a very good solution. We can look at the temperatures on my phone or my wife’s. kumo cloud is a vast improvement from the hand-held remote. You can monitor the house right at your fingertips, and you have access to everything from anywhere. You can see the status on your phone, and it allows you to make any adjustments that you want – you can program rooms to go on and off at various times of the day.”

Now with our Zoned Comfort Solutions, the couple have the comfort they’ve always wanted in their home. Brad said, “Before, we had the forced-air system on 365 days a year because it was drafty in the house. Now, our house heats up in less than 20 minutes and it isn’t a ‘drafty cracker box’ anymore. Mitsubishi Electric’s new technology has been really brilliant and it shows some great innovation.”

To learn more about the project, check out the case study here.

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October 25, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Tradesmen & Dickinson Farm

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Stepheni Norton, a San Diego business owner, wanted to offer a creative and cozy workspace for rising entrepreneurs. Norton decided to find a historic home, restore its beauty and create a workspace that would spark creativity for its tenants. She found a small 1886 stick-built, lake-style Victorian home in the East Village of San Diego, offering ample space for work. Its restoration involved installing an energy-efficient HVAC system to provide each office space with superior comfort without damaging the architecture of the space, now called Tradesmen. Only one system could offer efficiency, comfort and a non-disruptive installation: our Zoned Comfort Solutions™.

Norton said, “I looked at everything – from a window and air system to split-ductless. We chose split-ductless after reading about the Strawberry Mansion project. We saw how the system wasn’t obtrusive, and how it could work with an older property and run efficiently because of zoning. This was the only system that was proven to do well while keeping the historic relevance of the home.”

The installation of our Zoned Comfort Solutions in Tradesmen was such a resounding success that it inspired Norton to select it for her family’s home, Dickinson Farm, a large 1888 Victorian Queen Anne Cottage in National City, California.

Norton continued, “Our house didn’t have HVAC, and we’re right on the coast, so we thought we didn’t need an HVAC system. We were wrong! The house, in extreme, gets very cold before sunrise, and retains all of the heat on a sunny day. With only two of us living here, and since we don’t use all of the floors of the house, we wanted an energy-efficient system. We also wanted my office to be controlled separately than my husband’s. So, we needed zoning on each floor and within each room, and a system that didn’t distract from the architecture of the home.”

Looking back on the project, Norton has been satisfied with her decision to select Zoned Comfort Solutions for Tradesmen and Dickinson Farm. “The comfort is amazing. We don’t have to wait for the sun to hit to be comfortable, and we can quickly cool off any room. With split-ductless, there is no more fighting the weather. It’s perfect.”

To learn more about the project, check out the case study here.

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September 6, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Olsen Residence

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Gregg Olsen is a partner with Larry March in Eagle Services, Gilbert, Arizona – a business that offers plumbing, electrical and air conditioning. That experience meant that when it came time to design his new, 3,450-square-foot house, Olsen designed not just the overall layout, but also the actual systems behind its walls. When it came to HVAC, he had three needs: indoor air quality, dollar value and zones. Olsen felt that our Zoned Comfort Solutions met all his needs. It’s a product he knew well after installing it for so many of his own customers.

“I’ve always liked the idea of Mitsubishi [Electric] ductless. These systems give you the ability to cool individual zones,” said Olsen. For the 10 zones in his personal home, some areas can be turned off while others are providing cooling or heating. Everyone can be comfortable, and the Olsens’ only pay to condition the rooms that are occupied. “That is just a much more appealing system than a conventional system. You’re not throwing air where it doesn’t need to go. It’s a no-brainer.”

Olsen trusted our zoned technology, specifically, after years of personal experience from the HVAC contractor side. “When you look at other brands, their infrastructure is not as defined. My company’s history with Mitsubishi [Electric] dates back seven and a half years; we’ve seen that the infrastructure is all there. Parts are readily available, making it easier to begin and complete a project, and to quickly handle any repairs that occur down the line.”

Now, Olsen is his own happy customer. “The system works great. It’s extremely energy-efficient, and that ability to cool rooms when you’re in them has been absolutely perfect. The system maintains the temperature while operating so quietly you hardly know it’s on.”

To read more about the project and how the Olsens’ bills are almost 30 percent less than their neighbors’, check out the case study here.

December 27, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Bicycle Hotel

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The Bicycle Hotel & Casino is a popular gaming destination in Los Angeles with a newly added high-end boutique hotel. When the project team began searching for an HVAC system for the hotel, they knew exactly what they were looking for: a quiet system that could deliver superior performance in a 24-hour facility. They knew our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) would meet their criteria.

Doug Lee, architect, Lee & Sakahara Architects, Irvine, California, was familiar with our VRF technology from previous installations. In addition to its quiet operation, our technology also offered fewer branch controllers – meaning fewer ceiling access panels – and a two-pipe system, helping to save on material and labor costs.

Even before completion, the system was receiving positive feedback. VRF’s small footprint and flexibility allowed a quick installation in a bustling location that never shuts down. “We wanted a system that would help facilitate and speed up that construction. We had the system installed in 50 days,” said Lee.

Most importantly, the system’s quiet operation leaves hotel guests in a comfortable, peaceful environment. It has even contributed to the hotel and casino earning recognitions like CALGreen and SoCal Edison certifications!

To learn more about the quiet and versatile HVAC system in Bicycle Hotel & Casino, read the full case study here.

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September 8, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Sacramento Drill Tower

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The Sacramento Drill Tower, Sacramento, California, is an unusual building. A large water tank takes up two-thirds of the 9,476-square-foot, concrete facility. The other third is occupied by offices for the city’s firemen, administrators and IT personnel. For years, these occupants were cooled and heated by a four-pipe chilled-water and boiler system. When that system failed, the city installed our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology. The result: immense energy savings and easy maintenance.

When the building’s old chilled-water compressor failed, Nghiem Nguyen, the mechanical maintenance supervisor for City of Sacramento Facility Maintenance turned to our systems. “I was fully impressed by VRF and Mitsubishi [Electric]. They were so far ahead of everybody else when it came to VRF. The engineering aspect and operational maintenance were really in place . . . I knew this would be a great application. It wouldn’t be hard to retrofit since we wouldn’t have to open up the walls to pull out old lines. The real selling feature, though, was the energy savings. I knew it was going to be huge for us.”

Ngyuen was correct. Comparing pre- and post-installation energy data shows that the system’s efficiency has led to a total energy savings (kBtu usage) of 50 percent, and a total cost savings of 19 percent. Money has also been saved on maintenance: “We’re saving so much money on service calls and maintenance calls. We probably have a tenth of the service calls we had before.”

The Sacramento Drill Tower project was so successful that it inspired the city to use VRF at two more facilities. To learn more, check out the case study.

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August 18, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Élan Hotel

The Élan Hotel (Élan), a part of the Greystone Hotel family, is consistently ranked as one of the top five hotels in Los Angeles. Guests rave about its personal touches and modern look, as well as the comfort they experience relaxing after a long day of shopping in all of the nearby stores. For years, though, the hotel experienced comfort issues that challenged its ability to provide a truly extraordinary stay for every guest. Those issues were solved by our VRF technology.

Randy Scholnick, sales & products manager, Sirius Mechanical, Inc., Moreno Valley, California, described the noisy and inefficient situation. “The rooms directly below [the old HVAC] units – people complained and the rooms couldn’t be rented. It was a real emergency issue. The hotel was losing revenue. So they needed two things: a quieter solution – whatever goes on the roof has to be practically silent – and something more efficient.”

Scholnick recommended our R2-Series VRF systems, as they offer what he called “a true two-pipe system. Plus Mitsubishi [Electric] systems just do what they’re supposed to do. They’re efficient and quiet, and you get such good diagnostics. [Élan] wanted something that’s trouble free and that will diagnose itself. Well, that’s CITY MULTI®.” The team also installed three of our Lossnay Energy Recovery Ventilators to keep rooms smelling fresh.

With our technology running seamlessly in the background, the hotel guests are now comfortable, Élan management is satisfied and the project has received some great reviews, earning California Green certification.

To learn more about the Élan Hotel project and why repeat guests have shared positive feedback with management, check out the case study.

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June 15, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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Pastoral vistas are almost a prerequisite for a winery, as are unique entertainment spaces where customer comfort is key. At MacRostie Winery & Vineyards (MacRostie), Healdsburg, California, Luke Higgins, director of operations, wanted “an environment of casual sophistication.” The selected HVAC system had to contribute to that environment.

“They also wanted a very open feel to the project,” said Sean Froom, PE, LEED AP, project manager, TEP Engineering, Santa Rosa, California. As the engineer on the project, Froom worked to have a clean, open aesthetic, which meant, “ceilings as high as possible with no exposed ductwork.”

For such an interior space, especially in a building where the options for system location were limited, our system was an excellent solution. Higgins said, “The facility is not ideal for HVAC with so much indoor-outdoor flowing space. So a multi-zone approach made sense.”

Our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system could meet every request on the wish list: quiet operation for customer conversation, a small footprint in tight spaces, high efficiency and an aesthetic fit. Moreover, for the cooler, autumn months, Higgins wanted their concrete floor to give off radiant heating. Using a hydronic heat exchanger, Froom’s team was able to tie in this radiant heating system with the VRF system. The result of the decision to go with VRF over a conventional HVAC system was “our dream tasting room,” according to Higgins.

To read more about MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, check out the case study.

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April 7, 2016, 9:00 am

Recognizing Our Top Partner From 2015

Left to Right: Rory Itano, David Gilles, Doug Romeo, Dawn Chin-Meun (A/C Warehouse) and Chad Nakamura (A/C Warehouse), Kiyoshi Furukawa, Mark Kuntz, Gerry Heidrich, Jim Topalian

Left to Right: Rory Itano, David Gilles, Doug Romeo, Dawn Chin-Meun (A/C Warehouse) and Chad Nakamura (A/C Warehouse), Kiyoshi Furukawa, Mark Kuntz, Gerry Heidrich, Jim Topalian

Last month, we held our 2016 Diamond Partners Conference at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. More than 350 distributors, employees and guests gathered to celebrate success and establish strategies for the upcoming year.

This year’s Diamond Partner of the Year Award was presented to A/C Warehouse Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii. A/C Warehouse Inc. outperformed all other partners nationwide and was also recognized as the top partner in our West Business Unit.

Follow our blog in the coming weeks as we continue to highlight A/C Warehouse Inc. and the other Diamond Partners recognized in Mexico. We hope to see your name on the list next year!

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March 22, 2016, 12:00 pm

Highlights From the 2016 Diamond Partners Conference

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We are holding our 2016 Diamond Partners Conference at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during the weekend of March 19 – 22. More than 350 distributors, employees and guests are gathering in preparation of our new fiscal year.

Participants over the weekend have had the opportunity to hear a number of guest speakers and presenters, including former Navy Commander Mike Abrashoff and Metrostudy’s senior director of insights, Toby Morrison. These presentations have run the gamut from new technology applications to product development and marketing strategies, with an eye toward developing trends in 2016.

We have also presented a number of awards to our partners from each of our business units, including the Diamond Partners with Crowning Achievement and Design Excellence awards. Be sure to keep reading as we profile each of these award recipients on our blog over the coming months.

November 13, 2015, 9:35 am

An Award-winning Recipe for Success

Our Diamond Controls Solution and L-Generation Air Source units are designed to help engineers do their jobs smarter, safer, more efficiently and productively – and Plant Engineering readers agree. The two technologies are in the running for the magazine’s 2015 Product of the Year Award. Voting opens November 12. Manufacturers cannot cast a ballot, but all Plant Engineering subscribers can.

We’re not just receiving industry recognition for our products; we’re winning awards for our service, too. For the second consecutive year, we received the Partners in Excellence and Quality Award from the Gustave A. Larson Company. Jennifer Corey, our residential sales representative in the West Business Unit, was also recognized as the top supplier sales representative for the company’s Mountain Region. This is the third year in a row Jennifer has taken the No. 1 spot.

We focus on developing award-winning products and providing award-winning service because we understand product innovation isn’t the only key to success. Equally important is building lasting relationships with your customers and consumers.

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